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Awareness-raising caravans to help protect girls from child marriage in the Rif region in Morocco

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Awareness-raising caravans to help protect girls from child marriage in the Rif region in Morocco

Morocco 48 Contributors Launched November 08, 2017 Funding ends:30-10-2018
Project Funded

Testimonial

“Our parents order us to get married, even if we’re too young. We cannot escape. They don’t let us speak up. Please help us to be able to continue our studies. That’s all I wish for. I just want to be able to complete my studies. My teachers have offered to take me to the city so I can complete my schooling. I want to finish my studies!”
- Anonymous

THE CHALLENGE

In Morocco, a deep-rooted patriarchal system and widespread gender discrimination put immense pressure on women to conform to the roles of wife and mother. Sadly, child marriage is often perpetuated by families afraid of the risks of extramarital pregnancy and sexual relations, anxious to protect the family’s honor. Tragically, girls as young as 7 years old are sometimes forced to marry.

 

Considerable progress had been made in recent decades to reduce child marriage in Morocco. However, this harmful practice remains widespread in remote regions, owing to factors such as poverty and a lack of education.

The SOLUTIONS WE'RE PROPOSING

W4’s field partner in Morocco, Fondation YTTO, works to inform communities living in remote rural areas about the harms of child marriage. Awareness-raising caravans travel to these remote regions to carry out training workshops. The caravans have already proven very effective in helping to raise awareness about the problem of child marriage, protecting at-risk girls and helping local populations to set up their own associations to work to end child marriage in their communities and to connect with the Ministry of Justice.

 

The objective of this year’s program is to engage with people in the Rif region, a chain of mountains in northern Morocco. Volunteer teams will drive “awareness-raising caravans” to villages across the region to carry out awareness-raising workshops and discussion groups with families and community leaders. The program will also incorporate artistic activities and poetry in their awareness-raising events for local village populations. As part of the program, a team of legal advisors assists village communities in carrying out the legal birth registration of young girls in the community, which is a very effective means of helping to protect girls from child marriage.

 

The caravans also organize children’s and women’s rights workshops, in addition to vocational skills training to help unemployed women to acquire jobs and financial independence, all of which contributes to raising awareness and promoting the empowerment of women in the village communities. 

THE IMPACT OF GIVING

Your donation can help protect at-risk girls from child marriage. You can make a life-changing, even life-saving, difference. By funding awareness-raising caravans, you can help to raise awareness about the dangers of child marriage among communities in the Rif region. The objective is to send caravans to 15 villages in the region, which can benefit up to 25,000 people, including girls, their families and entire communities! Your giving will help provide communities in remote areas with the education, information, and legal assistance they need to better protect girls from child marriage and to protect girls and women from gender violence. By donating to this program, you contribute to real, sustainable change across entire communities, helping to put an end to child marriage.

 

Together, we can end child marriage!

Contributors

Skye
West Bank

Rim
France

Avec tous mes encouragements au travail remarquable de ITO. Rim

Dominique
France

Anonymous
New Zealand

Luke
United Kingdom

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Sahar
United States

Simon
United Kingdom

Good Luck - from Hannah and Dad

Yelixza
United States

Sahar
United States

Taylor
Czech Republic

Taylor
Czech Republic

Magdalena
Austria

Being a mother myself my heart breaks when I think of thousands of girls forced into marriage. It’s a crime against a child and a crime against a woman that could have been. Only education can bring chances for this practices to end. I hope that this project will change the fate of many of these girls but even if it will be only one, still worth it!

Wafa
Germany

Merci pour ce que vous faites pour ces jeunes femmes !

Anonymous
Austria

Rachael
United States

Thomas
United States

Dawn
Canada

Janine
United Kingdom

Anonymous
Netherlands

I support Girls not Brides

Marianne
Netherlands

Anonymous
United States

James
United States

Anonymous
United States

Anonymous
Canada

Anonymous
United States

Boaz
Ireland

Anonymous
Canada

Bediha
Canada

Anonymous
United Kingdom

Klaudyne
United States

Anonymous
United States

Anonymous
United States

Anonymous
United States

W Dennis
United States

Alice
United Kingdom

Emily
United States

Marie-Christine
France

Paola
United States

Thank you

Delaney
United States

Nancy
United States

Nancy
United States

Cherie
United States

Thank you for all you do!

Anonymous
United States

David
Thailand

Alyssa
United States

Gaby
France

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